Summer’s end

I leave this evening, so a last few photos to help me remember through the winter.

The natural world is preparing in different ways, getting ready for a time when food will be scarcer. The animals seem to emerge from the woods a bit more, like this pair of ruffed grouse crossing the road by my house:

Ruffed grouse

My red squirrels are collecting, eating, and storing the nuts from the hickory tree inside its hollow tree trunk..

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The paper wasps are frantically building their nests, laying a single egg in each cell, then sealing it up.

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A late dragonfly, a Shadow Darner, was hunting through my flowerbeds.

Shadow Darner

And the lake is serene.

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